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Friday, January 13, 2006

New procedure required for open burning permits

This is a reminder that the Fire Department has instituted a new procedure for the issuance of open burning permits.

Residents wishing to obtain an open burning permit for the season (January 15 to April 30) will need to go to the communications center in the police station located at 41 Lowell Street to register. This will need to be done once and there will be no fee. If you registered last year, you do not have to register again. Newly registered homeowners receive a copy of the "Open Burning Permit Rules & Regulations" and a "Homeowner Registration Form." The registration is completed and a registration number is assigned. All rules regarding open burning still apply.

The process is intended to be much more efficient. Once a homeowner has a registration number, a call to the Fire Department (1-978-369-1442) on the day of desired burning is all that needs to be done to obtain a permit. Homeowners must keep the registration that is issued containing the rules and number. Registration numbers are assigned to the homeowner for as long as they reside at the same address. In order to obtain a permit to burn the homeowner must be registered. Remember that local conditions may prohibit open burning on any day. In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection may suspend open burning at anytime. Please note that in accordance with state regulations, open burning may only take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Please be aware that state regulations require that all fires be extinguished by 4 p.m. each day. There can be no smoke or hot coals. We receive many complaints regarding this each year. Homeowners who do not observe this regulation will be subject to the loss of their permit privileges.

For questions regarding this process you may call the Fire Prevention office and leave a message at 1-978-287-0072.

COA doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, January 19, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide free blood pressure screening at the Sleeper Room. No appointment is necessary.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, January 19 at 11:45 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for a catered lunch followed by a program entitled, "Everything You Need to Know About Eldercare But Didn't Know Whom to Ask." This presentation explains how to find community programs, resources and public benefits available to seniors. Reserve your luncheon space by January 16 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Out-to-Lunch Bunch: Reserve Monday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Amici's Restorante in Billerica. Prices range from $12.50 to $15. For additional information or to make a reservation, contact the Elgins at 1-978-371-0728 or the Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Story time at Gleason Public Library

Story time is a way of introducing new and classic books to your child, fostering a love of literature and making new friends.

The Gleason Public Library will offer story time sessions beginning on January 30. For the 2 to 3 year-old group, the child must be 2 by February 3. For the 3 to 4 year-old group, the child must be 3 by February 2 and for the 4 to 6 year-old group the child must be 5 by July 30.

The 3- to 4-year-olds will meet Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4— to 6-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of March 20. The session for 2— to 3 year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. This session will run for six weeks.

In-person registration for the winter story-time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21. Phone registrations will be taken at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Drop-in story times for the under 2's will meet Thursdays at 10:30 for six weeks with the first session starting on February 2.

Concord Players seek actors for Cinderella

The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street in Concord, will hold open auditions for its April/May production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Auditions for children ages 10 to 13 will be held on January 18 and 19 at 7 pm. All auditions will be held at Fenn School, 516 Monument Street in Concord. Callback will be on January 21 at 7 pm at 51 Walden.

Visit the web site for specifics:

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

It is the Year of the Dog, and Carlisle is staging a grand party. Elementary and middle school students will be performing at the town's second Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 28, at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School.

There will also be hands-on exhibits of Chinese arts and crafts in the school dining room. Chinese food will be available as well. Tickets are $10 per family or $5 per person if purchased in advance, or $15 per family or $7 per person if purchased at the door.

For advance tickets, mail a check to Andi Gettys, 21 Oak Knoll Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. Include your name and address, show time preference, and number of tickets needed per family. Checks are payable to the Town of Carlisle; the deadline to purchase advance tickets is January 23.

Choosing the right preschool

There are many different preschools in and around Carlisle and choosing a preschool for your child can be difficult. On Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m., the Gleason Public Library will host a panel discussion with representatives from some Carlisle area preschools sharing information. More information about this program will be available on

Dinner auction to benefit CC's Project Cambodia

Cambodia is a nation still mired in a slow and agonizing recovery from a genocide in the wake of the Vietnam war, where an estimated two million Cambodians were killed under the regime of the Communist Khmer Rouge. Educated people were targeted, and survivors were left with no money, food or opportunity.

CCHS's International Issues class will be hosting a dinner auction at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on Friday, January 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise money for The Sharing Foundation, a charitable organization involved in several projects in the Cambodian village of Roteang. The organization was founded by former Carlisle residents Dr. Nancy Hendrie and nurse practitioner Judy Jones. Tickets are available at Ferns Country Store in Carlisle. Come to support The Sharing Foundation and CCHS's Project Cambodia: Donate to Educate. (See related article on page 14.)

Wanted: used children's books

Gently used children's books, suitable for kindergarten to grade 5, are needed for the classroom libraries at the Carlisle School. Drop the books off at Central Supply in the Corey Building February 1 through 28.

Diaper and baby formula drive

The Carlisle School Student Council is requesting help in collecting cans of baby formula (any brand or variety) and disposable diapers (any brand, all sizes needed) to benefit the House of Hope Shelter for Homeless Families in Lowell.

Please drop off your donation of baby formula and/or diapers by January 16 in the drop-off box at 8 Bedford Road in Carlisle center (between the Gleason Library and the ATM).

Casablanca rescheduled at Gleason Library

Bogie and Bergman's classic movie, Casablanca, is rescheduled and will show in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library on Monday, February 6, at 6:45 p.m. This is a free event. For information about library programs, visit

Baseball and softball registration open

Registration is now open for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball spring season. There are leagues available for boys and girls, age kindergarten through high school. Visit the web site at for up-to- date information and to register online. The registration deadline is February 5.

Gleason Library to host "Treasures in Your Attic: Old and Rare Books"

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the nationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will give a free and open talk entitled, "Treasures in Your Attic: Old and Rare Books" on Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School Library at 83 School Street in the Robbins Building. The talk is sponsored by the Gleason Public Library, Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Historical Society. Reservations are required: call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference. Information about this talk is available at

"New England homes are treasure-troves for old and rare books that have increased in value over the years," says Gloss. "We invite the public to bring any volumes they want to know about to the lecture for a free verbal appraisal."

Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 135 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Sunday, January 22, in the Corey Dining Room from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The public is invited.The Pinewood Derby involves racing small wooden cars that the boys have built themselves. Awards are also given for most creative design.Those with questions call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Spring in-town soccer registration

Register in January for Spring In-town Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer. In-town offers fun and appropriately competitive soccer experiences for boys and girls pre-kindergarten through Grade six. In January we will be taking registrations for spring soccer which is played in Concord and Carlisle during the week and on Saturdays from early May through mid-June.

Register at between January 1 and February 12. Click on Registration and follow the directions from there. Scholarships are available. We also need

coaches. To volunteer to be a coach or assistant coach, sign up on our web site by following the same directions as with registering a player, but choose "register a coach" on the PreEnroll registration page. For more detailed information about our program, visit our web site, or contact our administrator, Nancy, at or call her at 1-978-369-7978. CCYS is a community-based, not-for-profit volunteer organization that provides school and community soccer teams and games in Concord and Carlisle.

Evening of Viennese music with fortepiano in Concord

Join the Sarasa Ensemble for a captivating evening of chamber music from the Viennese School of composers including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. This concert features Maggie Cole playing an original fortepiano from the period along with Nina Stern, clarinet, Jennifer Stirling, viola, and Timothy Merton, cello. The program will include an arrangement of a basset horn trio by Mozart, and the famous "Kefelstatt" trio for clarinet, viola and fortepiano, as well as a set of Beethoven Variations for cello and fortepiano and his Trio Opus 11 for clarinet, cello and fortepiano.

The concert is on Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord. Tickets are $20, $16 seniors, $13 students, and children under 12 free.

Seeking toastmasters

If you want to brush up your public speaking skills, join the Alcott chapter of the Concord Toastmasters. All levels welcome; this is an inexpensive and fun way to become more comfortable speaking to groups and to polish your presentation skills.

Meetings are on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Concord Public Library. For more information, call Joy at 1-978-371-8232 or Jay at 1-508-647-0662.

Commonwealth ballet announces auditions for The Secret Garden

Commonwealth Ballet Company of Acton will hold auditions for The Secret Garden on Sunday, January 15, at the Acton School of Ballet, 3 Spruce Street in Acton.

Boys and girls nine and ten years old, with at least two years of ballet training, will audition from noon to 1:30 p.m. Male and female dancers, 12 years and older, with at least four years of ballet training, audition from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Girls wishing to audition for pointe roles should take the 2 p.m. audition and remain until 4:30 p.m. for an additional audition in pointe shoes. Dancers who audition for pointe roles will also be considered for non-pointe roles, and must have studied at least one full year on pointe.

The Acton School of Ballet will be open at 11:15 a.m. Auditioners should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their audition to fill out applications and receive performance information. Dancers accepting roles will be assessed a $75 performance fee which includes a Secret Garden souvenir t-shirt.

This year's production will be performed at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury on March 25 and 26. For more information on auditions, contact Mike Hoffman, Company Administrator, at 1-978-263-6533 or visit

CPT announces winter/spring programs

The Center for Parents and Teachers announces its winter/spring parenting series for 2006. These programs are led by highly qualified professionals and experts in their respective fields. Child care is offered for selected workshops and scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required unless otherwise noted. Call the Center at 1-978-202-1146 or e-mail for information and registration. For complete program descriptions, visit or call to request a brochure.

Dam removal talk January 26

The Carlisle Conservation Commission will host a talk on Thursday, January 26, at 8 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The guest speaker will be Rachel Calabro, Adopt-A-Stream Program Coordinator of Mass. Riverways Programs, speaking on the subject of dam removal. Nationally and statewide there is gaining ground in the conservation community an effort to remove dams in order to return streams to their historic reaches. Ms. Calabro's talk will cover such subjects as habitat alteration and fish migration, the history and benefits of dam removal and liability and maintenance costs. She will have before and after photos of recent projects.

There are at least eight dams here in Carlisle on the three major streams or their tributaries. Unlike dams in more industrial towns, Carlisle's were built in years past either to provide a water source for agricultural purposes, for providing open water for wildlife enhancement and vista improvement. On town property, the Towle Conservation Land is an example of the former and the Greenough property is an example of the latter. This talk is being held by the commission in order to become more familiar with the broader range of options available to them: repair and maintenance of dams or their removal.

All those interested are encouraged to attend this discussion. For more information, visit

Trails Committee to lead walk

Here's a chance to get some fresh air before Super Bowl stupor sets in. On Sunday, February 5, at 1 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe trek, depending on conditions, starting from the Towle Field parking lot. A shorter and a longer version of the trek will be available. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Winter outdoor safety will be discussed. For more information, call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

Gleason Friends Community Potluck

Chase away the winter blahs with good food and conversation! Join friends and neighbors at the Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 11, at 6 p.m. This year's event will be held at the home of Steve and Terry Golson, 388 Stearns Street.

Friends of Gleason Public Library will provide ham, rolls and beverages. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by February 6 at 1-978-369-9278, or Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert for eight.

Growing up abroad and parenting in America

"Cultural Sharing Group for Moms" is a monthly group for parents of young children held at First Connections, on the grounds of Emerson Hospital, in Concord. The group discusses issues of living and parenting in America, as well as some issues of immigration. This group is facilitated by First Connections' director, Ellen Weisstein, M.S., and a local mother from Nepal. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All moms in this group were raised with the influence of one culture and are now raising their own children in a very different culture. Join us to share your wisdom of parenting from your own culture, and learn from others. Register by calling 1-978-287-0221. There is no fee. First Connections is funded through the Mass. Dept. of Education and is a community service of the CASE Collaborative and Concord Family & Youth Services, a division of Justice Resource Institute.

Glitter and shine for a fabulous time at the CEF/CSA auction

Tickets are now on sale for the CEF/CSA "Silver and Gold Auction" to be held Friday evening, March 24, at the Westford Regency Ballroom. Come for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing to a live band. Silent and live auctions will provide opportunities to bid on vacations, events, crafts and services. Many new items are available this year. Take advantage of this chance to support the Carlisle Public School while enjoying an evening of fun with your friends and neighbors.

Tickets are available for $75 per person at Put together a table of ten, or let us know your preferences and we will find a table for you. Payment is by credit card online or by check. For more information, check online or contact Kristine at 1-978-369-2408 or This event is sponsored by the non-profit Carlisle Education Foundation and Carlisle School Association.

Learn more about DVVAP

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Acton Public Safety Building at 371 Main Street, Acton. The meeting will familiarize attendees with the issue of domestic violence and explain the agency's work. Light refreshments will be served. Call 1-978-318-3421 for information.

Carlisle Cultural Council announces 2006 grants

The Carlisle Cultural Council is pleased to announce grant recipients for 2006. Grant monies are from the Carlisle Cultural Council's budget and from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This year's winners (recipient followed by program) will provide residents of Carlisle with a splendid variety of music, dance, writing, film and other cultural celebrations to enjoy.

• The Discovery Museum, Art of Science/Science of Art — Abha Singhal, Glimpses of India

• Gleason Library — Latin Dance Workshop

• Carlisle Historical Society — Musical Memories

• Gleason Library — After-School Film Series

• Cynthia Ardell — Chicken Soup Cabaret

• Chiao Bin Huang — Chinese New Year Celebration

• Pam Wright — Creative Writing Workshop

The council thanks all those who applied for grants and encourages everyone to apply again next year. The council also thanks the residents who attend the cultural events and encourages continued participation in 2006.

For more information on the Carlisle Cultural Council, contact Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

Project position open at GPL: apply today

The Gleason Public Library has received a Carlisle Cultural grant to show a series of three films after school on early release days. GPL seeks a project consultant to work with library staff and volunteers to plan, chaperone and lead three showings/discussions for fifth- to eighth-graders. A stipend is available. To apply, send a letter and resumé to Director Angela Mollet at or leave applications at the circulation desk at Gleason Public Library. The deadline for applications is today, January 13.

MAGIC to host planners' roundtable

On January 19, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will host a roundtable for planners in the region. The full-morning event will begin with a presentation on Open Space Residential Design (OSRD). Kurt Gaertner, director of Sustainable Development at the Executive Office on Environmental Affairs (EOEA), and Andrea Cooper, EOEA Smart Growth coordinator, will lead the discussion of OSRD, an approach to residential development that promotes open space preservation based on environmental and social priorities. After planners discuss this technique, there will be a free-ranging roundtable on a variety of topics of interest to the MAGIC towns.

This event is scheduled for January 19, from 8:45 a.m. until noon, at 141 Keyes Road in Concord. In case of snow, the meeting will be held on February 2, same time

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